A native of Gascony, St. Virgil became a monk at Lérins. Legends say that he became abbot, but his name is absent from the surviving lists of abbots. He was the abbot of St-Symphonien and was a friend of Gregory the Great, who rebuked him for his attempts to force conversion upon the Jews. Virgil was named metropolitan of Arles c. 580; legends say that Gregory gave him the pallium. Bede says that Virgil consecrated Augustine of Kent archbishop at Gregory's request. Gregory named his friend apostolic vicar to the court of Childebert II (c. 570-595). When Virgil died c. 610, he was buried at the monastery of St-Savior, which he founded. Many miracles were attributed to his intercession.
St. Louis, King of France, patron of Tertiaries, was the ninth of his name. He was born at Poissy, France, in 1214. His father was Louis VIII, and his mother was Blanche, daughter of Alfonso VIII of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Irish abbess and disciple of St. Abban. When St. Abban founded a convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland, Gobnata was placed in charge. A well there bears her name. continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, ... continue reading
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But when the illness left him, his father convinced him to wait. A couple ... continue reading
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In her convent of San Damiano, Clare heroically practiced the virtues that should characterize all Christians: humility, a spirit of piety and penance, and charity. Her fame of sanctity and the prodigies that came about thanks to her intervention led Pope Alexander ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes